Letter | Obama acted appropriately with Bergdahl exchange

June 4, 2014 

Prisoners exchanges between the United States and foes have been a strategic tool since the American Revolution. One of the most noted and recent exchanges was when President Richard Nixon engineered the exchange of future-Sen. John McCain for North Vietnamese POWs in 1973.

I believe that President Obama acted appropriately in arranging for the exchange of Bowe Bergdahl for the Guantanamo Bay prisoners. If Obama were to wait for action from our current dysfunctional Republican-controlled Congress to act on this matter, I fear that Bergdahl would be coming home in a pine box after dying of old age.

Maria A. Sweet

State College

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